Let’s talk about some amazing Barbecue just in time for Memorial Day. Did you know that the word Barbecue and it’s other spelling Barbeque have an island connection? There is ample evidence that both the word and cooking technique migrated out of the Caribbean and into other languages and cultures. Like the great people of this country, the word is a great mixture of cultures and traditions. Other known terms are BBQ & Bar-B-Q; Barbie used chiefly in Australia and New Zealand; Braai used in South Africa. In the southeastern United States, the word barbecueis often used describe roast pork, while in the southwestern states, it often refers to cuts of beef.
Since we are here in the south, let’s talk about pork barbecue and the best places in the triangle to get it. Not all restaurants adhere to the tradition of cooking on the outside using the smoking technique. But the ones that I am about to tell you about all stick with tradition and because of that, they have the best tasting barbeque around.
The Backyard Barbeque Pit of Durham. sweetribs.com
If you are in the mood for some real down home cooking with some even more authentic pork barbecue, then stop by the Barbeque Pit in Durham. From the smoked ribs to the pulled pork, you won’t be disappointed in your meal. The side items alone are enough to make a great meal. Think grandma’s house with mac & cheese, fried okra, fried cabbage, collard greens, black eye peas, and potato salad. And don’t forget to order their special pineapple lemonade and take a cup to go. They even have a catering service for your next event.
The Q- Shack. theqshack.com
Locally owned and doing it right, the Q-Shack is definitely on the map for good pork barbecue. If you are looking for a great place to go within the Raleigh beltline, this is one of my picks. Right in the heart of North Hills on Six Forks Road, this place is a winner. Not only are they locally owned, but they purchase their meats and produce from local farms and ranches. Their meats are 100% all-natural and free of hormones, steroids or other additives and their pork, chicken, turkey, sausage and hamburgers are locally raised and delivered fresh. They even have a delivery service if you can’t get to them.
The Barbecue Lodge. allmenus.com/nc/neuse/25988-barbeque-lodge/menu
For those of us living in North Raleigh, this one is a good down home barbecue restaurant in our backyard. Open since 1979, this restaurant has been a staple in North Raleigh as the only barbeque restaurant in the area. They are very family friendly with a large assortment of items on the menu to suite any appetite. The barbecue is very southern and so are the many side items that change everyday. When you visit the Barbeque Lodge don’t forget to save room for home made dessert and be sure to try the cornsticks.
Now if you are ever in the Charlotte, NC area and are craving some serious barbecue, then I would suggest Mac’s Speed Shop. All I can say is WOW. Flavor, selection, and portions all exceed your tummy room and expectations. Leave full, happy and wanting more. macspeedshop.com